WITH so many local folk employed by British Airways, people around here will be taking a close interest in the current dispute.
As usual in these matters, there will be at least two ways of looking at the problems.
However, in terms of the Unite union's case against BA, the reduction in the number of cabin crew on long-haul flights must surely be the issue that will most likely strike a chord with the public.
At a time when we are more than ever aware of the need to be on the alert against terrorism, the quantity (and of course quality) of cabin staff would seem quite crucial.
Unlike matters of pay and so forth (which may well have their own merits), this matter surely is one of basic health and safety and should be taken right out of the area of boss versus employee arguments.
ANDREW McLUSKEY Diamedes Avenue